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    Builds Blender, My LX450/FZJ80 + FJ45esk + GM + Land Rover crazy concoction

    You are very welcome. Thanks for taking the time to read through it all.
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    Builds Blender, My LX450/FZJ80 + FJ45esk + GM + Land Rover crazy concoction

    My wiring notes for the wireless winch controller....
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    Builds Blender, My LX450/FZJ80 + FJ45esk + GM + Land Rover crazy concoction

    I've never thought it needed more articulation. I was a little worried that it might unload, I even built in a suck down winch for the front, but never finished it. With the suspension near stock height ( radius arm mount slightly below axle center ), it doesn't have any bad habits like...
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    Builds Blender, My LX450/FZJ80 + FJ45esk + GM + Land Rover crazy concoction

    Time to take another pass through the project for the next few months in my spare time. These won't be major mods generally, but more details that I didn't get to do when it was first built....or stuff I have added to the wishlist over the last few years. Are they ever done? I decided I...
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    Builds Blender, My LX450/FZJ80 + FJ45esk + GM + Land Rover crazy concoction

    Plenty for me. I was able to package just over a 10" travel front and rear shock ( Fox 2.0 Resi bolt-in) in it with stock soft LX450 coils and about 5" of uptravel from ride height. I removed the front swaybar but retained the rear unit. It will eat up all the shock travel it has....but also...
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    Builds Blender, My LX450/FZJ80 + FJ45esk + GM + Land Rover crazy concoction

    I'm not much of a video guy, but I was able to pull most all of the pictures from the build and made a slideshow of the entire process. Even at 1FPS is is over 30 minutes long! It is crazy to watch 3 years of work go by that fast.
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    Belleview Winch Motors - New Bi-directional 12V units available finally!

    All new direct replacement 12 volt bi-directional 2.5hp winch motor for your early upright winch! It's time to give those great old winches another life! This new motor fits all 'Belleview' case upright winches. This includes the early brass tag 6000lb winches built and sold by Belleview Mfg...
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    Builds Blender, My LX450/FZJ80 + FJ45esk + GM + Land Rover crazy concoction

    The tune is about as good as it gets for a single D/M position program. I think to do it better, it needs to know it is in low range, have factory tap shift messages, and the tow/haul mode active. To do this, you need some kind of BCM module. I have given up on the factory BCM, but I did...
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    Builds Blender, My LX450/FZJ80 + FJ45esk + GM + Land Rover crazy concoction

    Something sounds off if you're not getting any return to center or road feel, mine has both with the assist system. I might have a touch less than a stock steering system, but I am using a stock GM truck pump for flow. I think an increase in pump speed ( smaller pulley ) or maybe drilling out...
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    Builds Blender, My LX450/FZJ80 + FJ45esk + GM + Land Rover crazy concoction

    overall the assist steering has worked out well. I haven't broken any joints or bent any steering arms. It might have loosened the arms up a bit more than normal, but that seems like a pretty common issue with the 80 series anyways. I did use a pretty mild assist ram to help ( and protect ) the...
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    Builds Blender, My LX450/FZJ80 + FJ45esk + GM + Land Rover crazy concoction

    A quick rundown of some updates I made to the #LX45 in the last few months. I have had issues with the 80-series steering arms loosening up under hard use. I tried most of the normal things, but decided to try some of my own ideas to help fix the issues for good. I started with another...
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    How light can you get an 80 series?

    I tried REALLY hard to keep this one under 4000lbs when I built it, but eventually the weight just adds up. I ended up about 4300lbs with my normal load out. With me and gear for a long trip it is more like 4900lbs. This is a 1996 LX450 chassis, 2013 GM LC9 Aluminum block 5.3 engine, 6l80E...
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    Builds Blender, My LX450/FZJ80 + FJ45esk + GM + Land Rover crazy concoction

    The underbed storage is the same. I will be changing up some things soon. Stay tuned. The cab is actually pretty nice for noise.....right up to about 60mph and then wind noise start to be an issue. At 80-85mph the wind noise requires ear plugs for extended periods. These things just don't have...
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    Builds Blender, My LX450/FZJ80 + FJ45esk + GM + Land Rover crazy concoction

    The tow haul mode requires the use of the BCM module in the harness. I am working on that, but it is not easy. My tuner has integrated a mild form of the tow haul mode into the primary D position tune. I have compression braking down to about 25mph in high range and 2.7 times less than that in...
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    Builds Blender, My LX450/FZJ80 + FJ45esk + GM + Land Rover crazy concoction

    They look a little narrow, and I agree that they would look better if they where 'fatter', but they are within about 3/8" of overall width when mounted to the ProComp MT2. Most of the difference is that the Patagonia don't have large square overhanging outer tread blocks. The Patagonia MT goes...
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    Builds Blender, My LX450/FZJ80 + FJ45esk + GM + Land Rover crazy concoction

    We are on tune #6 now I think. Generally we kept lowering the shift tables and made things MUCH more linear on the low end of things. Under light throttle ( and especially in low range ) that seems to be the only way to calm the transmission down and prevent it from getting 'gear selection ADAH'...
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    Builds Blender, My LX450/FZJ80 + FJ45esk + GM + Land Rover crazy concoction

    It is almost time for the 10,000 mile review. What do you want to see and hear about?
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    Builds Build #2 - Now with a iForce 5.7 3UR and AB60 6 Speed Auto

    Cool build. Let me know if you have any more questions on the 40-80 mating. I love my new 45-esk build with the 80 series chassis.
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    Builds Blender, My LX450/FZJ80 + FJ45esk + GM + Land Rover crazy concoction

    I've almost got 5000 miles on it now. All systems normal. I have been using it for my winter DD. As soon as it warms up I will be tinkering on it again.
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    Will 6L80e fit in an FJ40 without major sheet metal mods

    If you are going to go to all the trouble of a big engine and trans swap, why not just rebuild the tunnel and make the belly flat?
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